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.org/history. >> yesterday, a senate homeland security subcommittee on contract oversight looked at afghanistan reconstruction contracts. witnesses include contractors to receive money from the u.s. agency for international development and the army corps of engineers as well as defense department and usaid officials. missouri democratic senator clear ms. castle -- clare mccaskill chaired the two-hour hearing. if the witnesses have become -- i have a formal statement prepared but i have decided not to give a formal opening statement. and just express the reason for this hearing. this is not the first hearing we have had in the subcommittee on contract thing in our contingency operation. and i began working on this problem almost the day i wrought -- arrived in the senate. when i travel to iraq to do nothing but look at contracting oversight because i couldn't figure out how in the world things had gotten so out of control in terms of contacting in iraq. i went over to iraq and i realized why they had gotten out of control. contract and representatives were just a low man on the total bowl being
and reconstruction in afghanistan. the great majority of which has been channeled through private contractors. we know from experience in bosnia in the 1990's and more recently in iraq that a reduction in troop levels as not mean a drop in contractor activity. in some cases, it is a matter of increase. there has been increase reliance on contractors to fulfill the logistical roles once performed by the military in those instances. eventually, the contractor presence will also decrease as we move support of large-scale off-budget scanned it -- spending to more direct to the afghan government directly. this is why our reconstruction strategy must focus on insuring that afghans can sustain what we have helped build. how many additional schools and health, as we can construct, but also that there are teachers and health care officials to sustain those institutions. whether afghans have the resources and expertise to manage the long-term operation and maintenance of power plants. on a related note, as we encourage more contracting with local afghan firms under the afghan first policy, we must consider
in many senior positions at the post in washington and abroad and has covered pakistan and afghanistan extensively, so we are happy to have both of them tonight. after the ambassador's opening remarks, he and kuran will have a conversation before opening it to q&a with the audience, so please come and join me in welcoming the ambassador haqqani and karen de young. [applause] >> thank you very much, patricia, for the kind introduction. of course when i possessed to come here nobody was paying attention to pakistan. nothing gets set about pakistan in the media so when not use this to be a book to communicate and find another excuse to be on c-span. [laughter] some of their for coming here i am. it's a pleasure to see secretary mikhail so it is a pleasure seeing you and thank you for the help and cooperation you offered here and a distinguished audience many of whom i probably know tools you how close i am but i would like to welcome my deputy, the embassy if pakistan is very lucky to have a woman as the second-in-command. we have had to women ambassadors which is a better score than most
and making workers invest more into their retirement. >>> in afghanistan, a precision air strike today killed a leader of a militant network that's believed responsible for this week's attack on the intercontinental hotel in kabul. the hacani network has ties to the taliban and al-qaida and is now one of the biggest threats to civility in afghanistan. 20 people died in the hotel siege including all nine militants. >>> right now checks are made every hour at schools in japan. many japanese continue to be concerned about radiation levels from the plant despite assurances from the government that exposure levels are within acceptable limits. >>> san francisco city attorney says a november ballot measure that would you law circumcision of children is unconstitutional. jewish and muslim leaders have denounced the proposed circumcision ban. >>> smokers who receive five text messages a day encouraging them not to smoke were twice as likely to quit. 10.7% remained smoke free six months later, more than double the rate of those who never received cell phone reminders. the cdc says it usually takes sev
. >>> in afghanistan, a precision air strike today killed a leader of a militant network that's believed responsible for this week's attack on the intercontinental hotel in kabul. the hacani network has ties to the taliban and al-qaida and is now one of the biggest threats to civility in afghanistan. 20 people died in the hotel siege including all nine militants. >>> right now checks are made every hour at schools in japan. many japanese continue to be concerned about radiation levels from the plant despite assurances from the government that exposure levels are within acceptable limits. >>> san francisco city attorney says a november ballot measure that would you law circumcision of children is unconstitutional. jewish and muslim leaders have denounced the proposed circumcision ban. >>> smokers who receive five text messages a day encouraging them not to smoke were twice as likely to quit. 10.7% remained smoke free six months later, more than double the rate of those who never received cell phone reminders. the cdc says it usually takes several attempts before someone can quit smoking. >>> here in
of his bipartisan awards, actually. i was pretty proud of that. >> let's talk about afghanistan, one of the hot wars and the fact that we had the bombing, the attack against the intercontinental in kabul which is a real signal from the taliban and network they can go to a target right in the heart of the capital. if the karzai forces we've been training up can't defend -- they responded well in the emergency, we're told, but if they can't respond in kabul, isn't that a signal it's going to be a long haul, and maybe there is no legacy end of the tunnel? >> i think the reset of our afghan policy last week by the president was correct. i think it was long in coming. i was never a fan of the surge or the counterinsurgency doctrine. karzai is not a willing partner. last week this mumbai style shooting attack, it could have been worse. i would give the afghans a little credit, but it was staged by the hakani gnat wornetwork, protected group, protected by the pakistani government. that group comes over the border regularly, kills our troops and obviously now is prepared to shoot at big targ
in afghanistan reached 64 today-- most of them americans-- with two more soldiers killed in the south. and 20 afghan civilians died when a roadside bomb blew up the bus they were riding. meanwhile, the coalition said tuesday's deadly attack on a kabul hotel was the work of the haqqani network. the group has ties to al-qaeda and the taliban. a leader of that network was killed in a nato air strike last night. defense secretary robert gates got a ceremonial send-off his last day on the job. president obama and the outgoing joint chiefs chairman admiral mike mullen joined hundreds of others on the parade ground outside the pentagon, to mark the occasion. the president awarded gates the medal of freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. and the secretary joked it had been a secret to rival the raid on osama bin laden. >> i'm deeply honored and moved by your presentation of this award. it is a big surprise, but we should have known a couple of months ago, you're getting pretty good at this covert ops stuff. ( laughter ) >> sreenivasan: gates served four and a half years as defense secretary, s
parents preparing for an emotional independence day. their daughter, rebecca, is in afghanistan, deployed in may, she had to leave her husband and 6-month-old baby anthony behind in colorado. >> she knew as a new mom that she would have to leave her baby behind. >> reporter: it's a difficult situation. communication with her is spotty at best. >> i haven't heard from her in two weeks. >> reporter: but they are counting their blessings. >> we were lucky enough that our son-in-law brice didn't have to deploy to iraq. he was supposed to deploy this past september, so he is currently home taking care of our grandson. >> reporter: as they face what could be a difficult fourth of july, people in town are lifting them up. >> we're here basically to acknowledge them, to say thank you. maybe it's because they never did it for our guys way back in the '60s. >> reporter: mike is with operation yellow ribbon, organizing care package deliveries and compiling a list of local soldiers away from home this holiday season. the names will be read and family also be honored on the fourth. >> everything the t
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